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Twitter Reacts to the ‘DeflateGate’ NFL Controversy

These Balls Are Made For Throwing


With the combatants now decided, the hype train for the Super Bowl (which takes place in Arizona on Feb. 1st) has most definitely left the station. Sadly for the New England Patriots, this year’s tournament comes laced with a fair amount of controversy. During their conference championship game (that’s semi-final in layman’s terms) against the Indianapolis Colts, an official made the rather disconcerting claim that the Pats were rolling out with a partially deflated football, making it easier for quarterback Tom Brady to grip (and therefore throw). Since then, the investigation has widening and snowballed, as it’s been discovered that 11 of the 12 balls the Pats used during the game were under-inflated by around 2psi, compared the NFL required standard. 

How much this contributed to the 45-7 spanking the Pats dished out against the barely-present Colts is difficult to determine, but it certainly taints the win and if they go on to win the Super Bowl, the elephant in the room will only grow larger. This isn’t even the first time New England have been caught with their pants down. In 2007, the team’s head coach was fined $500,000 when the management were found to have been secretly recording the New York Jets to try and figure out their signals. It was dubbed ‘SpyGate’, which doesn't have quite the same ring as ‘DeflateGate’, but let’s be fair they’re both pretty good

After an impressive run of Super Bowl wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004, the team have routinely fallen at the last hurdle year after year as their reputation for underhandedness has expanded. This won’t exactly help with that. They have since been weathering a vicious (and often hilarious) Twitter backlash that will likely only continue to gain moment in the run up to final in a couple of weeks. We've compiled some of our favourites below, but if you want a more in depth look, check out the hashtag feed.

 Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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